In January 2017, we continued our group effort in making wine from a kit, with the bottling process. This was fun!

We set up our host's garage as a wine-bottling assembly line. Everyone circulated around trying out the different steps in the process: pumping the wine into the bottles, putting in the corks, sealing the bottles, and attaching labels. 

Kicking things off
Kicking things off

Chapter president Rebecca Grider explains the "assembly line."

Filter and filling
Filter and filling

Jason Grider with the equipment for getting the wine into bottles.

Close up
Close up

Look at that color!

Beginning to fill the bottles
Beginning to fill the bottles

Richard Trout filling one of the first bottles.

How many people does it take?
How many people does it take?

Stan, Wendy and Jason hard at work.

We're getting good at this!
We're getting good at this!

Susan Sanchez has got the hang of it.

Definitely a team effort!
Definitely a team effort!

Mary Campbell at the "filling station."

Another day, another bottle
Another day, another bottle

Susan Schuler (our host for the day)

One more
One more

Sabine Shurter fills a bottle. Good job!

What is it?
What is it?

Hint: All those filled bottles need corks!

Aha!
Aha!

Maybe if I press down on this lever...

We've got it!
We've got it!

Richard Trout has it all figured out.

Muscle power
Muscle power

Bob Dolci: "I think I can, I think I can..."

Watch this
Watch this

He did it!

Hey watch this!
Hey watch this!

Tracy McBride's turn!

Determination.
Determination.

Susan Schuler's got it!

With all her might
With all her might

Wendy Dolci gets it done.

Next: wrappers!
Next: wrappers!

Tina Kleckner applying heat.

And more heat...
And more heat...

Susan Sanchez doing a great job!

Guest attendee...
Guest attendee...

Daniella Scalice has the technique down!

Hair dryer?
Hair dryer?

Donna Kelley, point that at the bottle!

Concentration
Concentration

...and teamwork!

And now for the labels
And now for the labels

Wetting them and applying to the bottles

Labeling...
Labeling...

Donna and Mary work on the labels

Good job!
Good job!

Brad applying the finishing touches...

Look at that!
Look at that!

Almost done.

We're pleased
We're pleased

... and can't wait to taste the fruits of our labor one day

At the end of the day...
At the end of the day...

We're done! Now we wait! Next step... tasting (in a few months from now, stay tuned)